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Week of 12/19 – 12/22: Santa Barbara City Council and advisory committee meetings

A long-time Edhat subscriber, hoping for more public participation in our local government, thought it would be helpful and interesting for the community to have a weekly listing of selected meetings, those of city-wide interest. We agreed. Please tell us what you think. There have been requests for coverage of other jurisdictions; volunteers to do that, please contact If we’ve mis-posted an address or there’s a meeting that we failed to list, please note the correction in the Comments section below. Thanks!

Santa Barbara has a City Calendar of meetings. (NB: The City Calendar is a guide to many meetings and events but is not always accurate in its civic-interest meeting listings.) City TV covers many of the meetings and has reruns and updates with newly-scheduled meetings. However, some meetings, Consent Calendars and Downtown Parking Committee, as examples, may not be televised even though they are held in the David Gebhard Public Meeting Room, wired for TV.

Common acronyms, abbreviations: hybrid or Hyflex, meeting access is both in person and via Zoom or other web accesses; ADU, Accessory Dwelling Unit; PDA, Project Design Approval; FA, Final Approval; CAR, Council Agenda Report. Meeting locations: City Council chamber upstairs at City Hall, 735 Anacapa Street; David Gebhard Room (DGR), 630 Garden Street; Franklin Neighborhood Center, 1136 E. Montecito Street; or where noted. Noted also for some Council and Advisory Committee meetings are non-public addresses; these are addresses for those public servants who choose to attend the meetings at home or elsewhere.

This will be the last week of meetings until the new year. Advisory commissions resume regular schedules the first week; the City Council, on January 10.

MONDAY, 12/19

Single Family Design Board, 11:00 A.M., DGR, in person: Consent Agenda: A. 25 Las Alturas Rd, cont., FA; B. 1218 Shoreline Drive, cont., FA; C. 3326 Madrona Dr., cont., FA;  D. 812 E. de la Guerra St., new, PDA & FA; E. Calle Laureles, new PDA & FA. Architectural Drawings at this link.


Single Family Design Board, regular meeting at 3:00 P.M., DGR, hyflex: Agenda:

1. 105 Mesa Lane, cont. Concept Review;

2. 1322 Dover Rd, cont. PDA;

3. 1336 Shoreline Drive, ” (Proposal to demolish the existing single-unit residence and garage and construct a new two-story single-unit residence with a basement, garage, and attached Standard Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU)….) cont. PDA;

4. 1364 Shoreline Drive, cont. PDA; ” (Proposal for the demolition of an existing 1,432 square foot single-story single-unit residence and attached garage, and the construction of a new 2,016 square foot two-story single-unit residence and a 415 square foot attached garage. …) cont. PDA.


Architectural drawings: link, that includes Public Comments re 1336 Shoreline Dr., 27 pgs., and re 1364 Shoreline Dr., including “…Shoreline Drive is turning into an architecture showcase that resembles Orange County. Why can’t folks, most of whom are doing these projects as their “retirement” homes, recognize that the existing marina bungalows function just fine as they are. They’ve served the needs of families for 70 years — why the sudden rush to fix something that isn’t broken?…”


Architectural Board of Review, 1 P.M., DGR, in person, Consent Agenda: A. Shoreline Drive, (Proposal to restore the Japanese Garden at the Torii Gate at Shoreline Drive.), cont. PDA & FA, last reviewed 12.5.22. B. 513 de la Vina St., FA. Architectural drawings: link.

TUESDAY, 12/20

No meetings today, but City TV has listings at 10 A.M., for last week’s, 12/15, Water Commission meeting, annual water supply management report, followed by the water system annual report — these Staff Reports are listed on the Agenda, but the links no longer work, as of Sunday; there’s also a special joint Downtown Parking Committee (DPC) with Transportation and Circulation, televised at 8 P.M., and rerun on 12/22 at 10 A.M., DPC 12/15 Agenda.



Historic Landmarks Commission, 11 A.M., in person, DGR, Consent Agenda: A. 1731 Santa Barbara St., new, Concept Review; Historic Significance Report ; 32 & 36 West Carrillo St., PDA & FA, new item; C. 1014 Santa Barbara St., new, PDA & FA – this item is postponed until 1/18/23; D. 1426 Bath St., cont. FA, Historic Significance Report, — this item is postponed indefinitely; E. review after final approval e. (US 101 underpass: city right of way (row) between Yanonali & Gutierrez Streets, Review after Final Approval.


Architectural drawings and Staff Reports, click this link.


Historic Landmarks Commission, 1:30 P.M., Hyflex, DGR, Agenda:

1. 1920 Garden St., misc. Action, Historic Significance Report;

2. 1277 Ferrelo Rd, Swanson House, misc. Action, Request to Consider…; Historic Significance Report (on the development of the Lower Riviera as well as the house);

3. 1002 Anacapa St., new item, Concept Review;

4. 932 de la Vina St, Pre application Consultation Review, the proposal is for a 3- and 4-story mixed-use development….


Architectural drawings and Staff Reports: click here.


Airport Commission, in person at 6 P.M, Airport Administration Conference Room 601 Firestone Road, SB, with TV coverage on city tv, channel 18; Agenda: consent calendar and administrative reports.



No meetings.

FRIDAY, 12/2

City Administrative Offices Closed.

Of general interest:

City Advisory Commissions are listed with their duties and powers described in the Charter of the City of Santa Barbara, See: Article Vlll, Appointive Boards and Commissions, pg; 25 et seg. Other commissions may be formed by the City Council for certain issues of public concern.  Santa Barbara Municipal Code.

AIA-Santa Barbara, August 2020,  State Street Promenade and housing community survey results, more than 4,800 responses, linked here. Civic groups concerned about city government: Allied Neighborhoods Association, Citizens Planning Association, League of Women Voters -Santa Barbara, and various hyperlocal neighborhood associations.

The City of Santa Barbara emphasizes transparency: Linked under city transparency is a link to the Ralph M. Brown Act, aka “Brown Act“, Legislative Chapter, Government Code 54950.5. “In enacting this chapter, the Legislature finds and declares that the public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly.”


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